Q: When did you discover your passion for running?
A: I started running in 7th grade, but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that it truly became my passion. That year is when I started to see real potential in myself and was willing to put in everything I had toward this sport.
Q: In high school at Monmouth Regional, you earned school records running cross country and track. How did running in high school help prepare you for the collegiate level?
A: Being a three season athlete in high school definitely helped to prepare me for the collegiate level. I knew what it was like for this to essentially be my life, and I knew what to expect come my freshman year at Towson.
Q: What made you ultimately commit to Towson?
A: My older sister also attends Towson, so from early on visiting her I knew I liked the campus and what they had to offer. What led me to committing here was watching the team and how they interacted with each other. On my official visit, I watched one of their track workouts, and to see each of them coming down the home stretch and cheering for one another to stay strong was so amazing and something I wasn’t used to with my high school team. In that moment I knew that Towson was a perfect school for me.
Q: How happy are you with your decision to commit to Towson?
A: I’m so fortunate to have committed to Towson. I have met the most amazing people in just one year here, and I can’t wait to see what the remainder of my time here at Towson has to offer.
Q: What was your first season at Towson like?
A: My first year was a lot of fun, but definitely an adjustment. I learned a lot about myself and can’t wait for this upcoming year to continue to grow and learn.
Q: What were some of your favorite memories from your first season at Towson?
A: All my favorite memories rotate mainly around time spent with my team. Whether it was joking around on the way to meets, or dancing in the locker room we were always laughing and having a great time together.
Q: This was Mike Jackson’s first season at Towson. How have you enjoyed having him as the head coach?
A: Well since I came in as a freshman (or first time participant as he called it) we were both in similar situations. Everything was new for him, and I believe he did an amazing job keeping a competitive atmosphere, while also bringing the team together in a positive way. He brought so much enthusiasm to every practice and meet, which definitely encouraged me to work harder each day.
Q: You had a very successful freshman campaign. What was it that led to your success this season?
A: I believe what led to my success was the competitive atmosphere at practice every day, also the constant support from each of my teammates.
Q: How do you plan to continue your success into your freshman year?
A: I plan to continue my success by pushing myself each and every day to be the best that I can be on that given day. Also by believing in myself, and knowing that I can conquer anything I set my mind to.
Q: What are some of the challenges that come with being a student athlete?
A: Time management is certainly the biggest challenge with being a student athlete. After a while, though, you begin to get yourself into a routine, and learn what works best for you.
Q: Do you have any superstitions before meets?
A: I feel like everyone has their little things that they have to do before competing. For me, I have to wear a bow, which might sound silly, but it’s a routine I got into in high school, and I feel like I need to keep my personal tradition alive. Also before really big meets in HS my coach would write “Do or do not, there is no try” on my hands, which is really inspiring and motivating for me so I carried that on into my collegiate career. Finally when I’m on the line of a race I must do three high jumps to stretch out my legs one last time, something I randomly started doing which has become a habit at this point.
Q: Who is your best friend on the team?
A: My favorite thing about this team is every single one of them is my best friend. I can’t imagine my day without seeing them, and there is such an empty feeling when one of us isn’t there. It’s crazy to think I didn’t know most of them two years ago, and now they are such an important part of my life and I love them all!
Q: Who talks the most but says the least on the team?
A: Colleen Cook! She tells the best stories, and I constantly look forward to hearing about her crazy dreams and adventures around campus during our runs. She is the reason I laugh in the middle of a hard workout!
Q: Who has the best sense of humor on the team?
A: Everyone on the team is hilarious, but the first one who comes to my mind is Emily Johnson. She has the best sense of humor, and is so goofy and funny literally all the time.
Q: Who is the biggest jokester on the team?
A: The biggest jokester on the team is definitely Erica Israel. It’s great because it’s in her personality, so it just comes so natural, and I feel like that certainly adds to the humor.
Q: Who is the biggest hot head on the team?
A: I’d have to say the biggest hot head is Shelby Bobbie. I love her to death, and she never means it in a bad way. She’s just super passionate about everything, and such a hard worker.
Compiled by Jordan Cope